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Tips for code hints in Flash CS5

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There are a number of forum posts about code hinting not showing up as expected in Flash CS5 documents. There are a number of possibilities about why code hints do not show up, but the following post will collect some

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Flash CS5, workaround

Buttons in Flash using ActionScript 3.0: Going to next frame and previous frame

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Some people have been asking how to create button code in Flash (CS3, CS4, or CS5) that progresses the playhead in a SWF to the next or previous frame using ActionScript 3.0. This is not too difficult, and is a

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, FLA files, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5, Migration

Controlling the window target a button click opens using ActionScript 3.0 in Flash

One of my frequently asked questions in the comments is how to control what window a button click opens using ActionScript 3.0. For example, you might want your button to open in the same window, a particular part of your

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Migration

Flash CS4 example: Spray Brush, Tween instance, new motion, AS3, fancy JSFL… Profit!

In the previous blog entry, I linked to a new JSFL that automatically gives instance names to selected instances in a smart way. You can go read about and download the JSFL from this page. This entry shows you how

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Commands, downloads, Easing, FLA files, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: motion runtime, Flash CS4: new features, General, instances, JSFL, Migration, Motion Editor, Motion runtime, motion tween, new stuff, Tween instance, tweens

Want to layout your text better? You can download the beta Text Layout Framework / component (use with Flash CS4 now)

Today the Text Layout Framework went live for Flash Player 10. This will help you layout your text in new and much better ways in your applications. You may have seen some demos at MAX (like the Herald Tribune demo)

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Flash CS4, General, symbols, text

Movie clip buttons in a fight: it’s AS2 vs. AS3 (again)

You might have created movie clip buttons in Flash CS3 or Flash CS4 (or Flash 8 or 7 or…) before to get those animations on your buttons. Either way, creating one would have proceeded a bit like the following if

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Posted in ActionScript 2.0, ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5, Migration

New motion and Tween instances: Flash CS4 presentation (FlashCamp)

Yesterday at FlashCamp, I gave a presentation on using the new motion model in Flash CS4. The files are linked on this post. This is a general synopsis of what I covered, and I’ll detail how I did a few

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Easing, FLA files, Flash CS4, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: motion runtime, Flash CS4: new features, Migration, Motion Editor, Motion Presets, Motion runtime, motion tween, presentations, symbols, Tween instance

Flash CS4 files for motion tween presentation at FlashCamp

Here are the FLA and SWF files (Flash CS4 and Player 10) for today’s presentation at FlashCamp on new motion in Flash and using Tween instance (contains that ActionScript). FlashCamp files for motion tween presentation The next post will be

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, FLA files, Flash CS4: motion, Flash CS4: motion runtime, Flash CS4: new features, presentations

(Flash CS3) Masking using ‘donut’ shapes within movie clips or with AS3 – it’s possible, and not too bad either

You may have tried creating a shape that has a hole in it for a mask in Flash, and it may not have worked. Or maybe it did work and sometimes it didn’t, and you grew some extra gray hairs

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, animation, Flash CS3, instances, masking, masks, symbols, workaround

Creating buttons that link to different scenes, and within a scene, using ActionScript 3.0

A common request in the comments is for information on how to create a button that links to a scene using ActionScript 3.0 in Flash CS4 or CS3. Luckily, it’s largely the same as creating a normal button that links

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Posted in ActionScript 3.0, buttons, Flash CS3, Flash CS4, Flash CS5, Migration